May 19, 2014 marks the fifth anniversary of the abduction and disappearance of Melissa Roxas, who was abducted on May 19 and surfaced on May 25, 2009 after international outcry. Melissa’s case made headlines as the first case of such a human rights violation committed against a US citizen in the Philippines under President Obama’s term. As one of the few survivors of abduction by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Melissa courageously went public with her story, seeking justice not only for herself, but for all victims of human rights violations. Melissa filed her case in the Philippine courts, testified in various venues, and fully cooperated with the investigation undertaken by the Commission on Human Rights. Five years after her abduction, we are still fighting for justice for Melissa and all victims of human rights violations in the Philippines.
Since 2009, BAYAN-USA has held demonstrations the week of Melissa’s abduction and release, and made the “Justice for Melissa” demand a standard call at all BAYAN-USA’s actions dealing with human rights, the Visiting Forces Agreement, war and militarization.
Take action now to demand justice for Melissa and all victims of human rights violations. Join us in the following actions, as we count down each day that Melissa was disappeared, building up the momentum of her case into the public sphere.
Tuesday, May 20th Teach-In @ 5:30pm
Portland State University
Multicultural Center SMSU 228
Wednesday, May 21, Educational Discussion at 7pm
University of Washington, Ethnic Cultural Center
Saturday, May 24, 11:30am
GABRIELA Seattle and Rogue Pinay Perform at Folk Life Seattle
Seattle Center http://www.nwfolklife.org/festival
- Share Melissa Roxas’ Open Letter to President Obama on justiceformelissa.org
- Download the album Kultural Guerrillas by Diskarte Namin—all proceeds go to BAYAN-USA’s human rights campaign, including the Justice for Melissa campaign: https://kulturalguerrillas.bandcamp.com/
- Forward SF CHRP’s Human Right’s Shadow Puppet on YouTube—make it go viral!—http://youtu.be/jlf5mWtq7Rk.